Big physics news is often difficult to explain, which, sadly, means it doesn't get explained very well. If you know that, last week, scientists made a major discovery about what happened in the fractions of a second after the Big Bang — but don't understand much more than that — there are two easy-to-digest explainers that will help you wrap your head around the discovery in a bit more depth.
Ph.D. Comics creator Jorge Cham interviewed one of the Ph.D. students working on the team that made the discovery and turned that interview into a cartoon. It'll give you a nice overview of the history behind this new discovery and how it fits into other stuff you've heard about before, like Edwin Hubble and Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation. Then, head over to Minute Physics and watch a short film that focuses in on the discovery, itself. You'll come away with a much better understanding of why physicists are so excited.
To demonstrate the Magnus effect, YouTuber PeterSripol grabbed a couple of KFC buckets and tricked out an RC plane. The resulting trial and error is mostly the latter.
One of the weirdest places in Antarctica is Blood Falls, a five-story cascade of blood-red liquid pouring from Taylor Glacier. Researchers finally traced its source: a saltwater lake millions of years old trapped under the glacier.
Fetal lambs survived for weeks in an experimental artificial womb, and scientists hope that the breakthrough could lead to new treatments for premature babies and perhaps the dreamed-of machine utopia where humans are kept mindlessly writhing in translucent plastic sheaths filled with psuedoamniotic liquid. Physicians at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia placed fetal lambs into […]
Bamboo has lots of uses beyond just being panda food. Things like bikes, roads, scaffolding, and musical instruments are made from the fast-growing grass. But unless you are participating in a tropical-themed LARP, you probably wouldn’t want a shirt made from bamboo stalks. So why do bamboo bed sheets make any sense? Because yarn extracted from […]
If you want to work in tech, but don’t have any desire to code web apps to help businesses sell things to other business, you might want to consider a career in cybersecurity. Judging from the apparent complete infiltration of Russian hackers in American cyberspace, it seems fair to speculate that there’s a major shortage of […]
All moms are different. But all moms like getting flowers on Mother’s Day, and that’s a fact (not, however a fact we can document in any fashion.) Instead of getting chewed out for forgetting to call her on the second Sunday of May, you can take care of it ahead of time with Teleflora’s flower […]